The Raiders’ offense shined bright on the warm Tuesday evening, and the team came away triumphant with a 5-0 win over the Trojans.
“The important thing is that we got the win, and now that we’re in district play; that’s what matters most,” Cleveland head coach John Brose stated. “We’ve got a long week ahead of us, and we are focusing on taking it one game at a time.”
Jonathan Collins gave the Raiders their first goal of the night 13 minutes into the game.
Nearly 20 minutes later, Anfernee Avila, with an assist by Riley Anderson, was able to make it a 2-0 game, which was maintained going into halftime.
“Tonight we were able to possess the ball very nicely, swinging it from side to side. Soddy tried to keep it compact and close off passing lanes, so by swinging the ball we played some real nice and long diagonal balls into the box,” Brose explained. “We were able to get in a couple goals there in the first half, and then finished them off in the second half.”
Just three minutes into the second half, Cleveland’s Moss Jones was able to capitalize on a penalty kick, giving the boys in blue a 3-0 lead over Soddy-Daisy.
At the halfway point of the second, Collins scored his second goal of the evening, with the assist coming from Kameron Dunn.
“Jonathan Collins played in his first game tonight after coming back from an injury, and did great, getting two goals,” Brose commented.
Cleveland’s final goal came from a header by Calvin Vang in the 72nd minute of play, with the assist by Cobus Reyneke.
Out of 22 shots by the Raiders, 15 of them were on goal.
The Trojans were able to get only one shot on goal, thanks to the efforts of Cleveland’s defenders.
“Our outside backs did a great job taking the space that was given to them to attack and get in, putting some pressure on the defense,” Brose declared.
With one district opponent out of the way, the Raiders now must focus on Thursday’s 7 p.m. game at McMinn County (1-3-1).
“Our attention is now turned to McMinn for Thursday. That’s always a very emotional and physical game — they are historically one of our big district soccer rivals,” Brose explained.
The week closes out for Cleveland in Franklin County, as the Raiders play in the Rebel Classic at Winchester High School.
BLUE RAIDERS 5, TROJANS 0
Halftime score: 2-0. Goals: Jonathan Collins 2, Anfernee Avila, Moss Jones, Calvin Vang (CHS). Assists: Riley Anderson, Kameron Dunn, Cobus Reyneke. Record: Cleveland 3-2-1, 1-0 District 5-AAA.